Kevin came home from school yesterday with a stack full of papers. This is normal. Usually his teacher will “clean out” completed and graded work every two weeks and send it home. But yesterday I was appalled at what one of his papers had written on it. Here had a look:
Yes, I agree that this is not the best penmanship, nor is it the best example of Kevin’s work. Since I went through and sorted his papers after he went to bed last night I didn’t have the opportunity to ask him what happened, but looking at this paper I gather two possible conclusions:
1. He didn’t like the way he wrote it the first time. Erased it and started over. (He’s a perfectionist. What can I say? He get’s it from his momma!)
2. His teacher didn’t like the way he wrote it the first time, and made him erase it and start over. (Which is something she did discuss with the parents. She is big on good penmanship.)
BUT This upsets me! I am not a teacher and I don’t have a teaching degree, but I do know how to “teach” my child. I certainly wouldn’t degrade his abilities by writing “YUCK” on his paper! What kind of confidence does this build? How does this make him feel about his abilities? Why couldn’t she write a note to him explaining that his work needed to be neater? Or speak with him privately about the importance of clean and neat work?
I don’t know. Am I being overly dramatic about this? Would it upset you if your child came home with “YUCK” written big and bold on their work?
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